A Fine display from debutant Rahual Chauhan could not prevent defeat for Hailsham against Crowborough in this division two encounter.
Chahan blasted 44 runs and then took 2-21 from nine tight overs as a depleted Hailsham outfit almost sealed a memorable victory.
Hailsham cricketers made the journey to Crowborough in the East Sussex League division two with a depleted bowling line up.
When skipper Matt Dawber won the toss he had no hesitation in asking to bat first on what looked a very dry and flat wicket.
Hailsham lost Jaz Walder (1) early on and then lost wickets at regular intervals throughout the whole innings - Rob Wilkinson (10), Matt Dawber (0) and Darren Moore (0).
Several batsmen got themselves settled at the crease but failed to push on and make that big score that would mould a decent total.
Mike Ambler (31) Rahul Chauhan (44) Cameron Ballard (37) and Stewart Kennedy (20).
Hailsham’s innings dried out towards the end and they were all out for 157, giving Crowborough two extra overs.
John Storey Tennant and Mart Archer opened up with the old ball but after six overs, with very little happening, the new cherry was called for.
Both bowled tidily but it wasn’t until the introduction of Chauhan that the ball started swinging around and causing problems.
On debut he claimed 2-21 from nine overs, well backed up by Bok Rahman 0-19 and Archer 1-39.
As the run rate crept up due to some tight bowling and solid fielding the wickets started to fall.
Storey-Tennant re-entered the attack and looked dangerous. Off the last over Crowborough needed 10 and secured a win with a six of the third to last ball to secure maximum points. Perry Winkles MOM: Rahul - a superb debut for Hailsham.
Hellingly recorded their first win of the Sussex League Division Three East season as they beat Henfield by six wickets.
Winning the toss Henfield chose to bat first but fell to 33-3 as Dan Pellett (2-25) and Adam Devlin (2-30) took the early wickets.
Steve Mundy (22) and WillIam Culver (29) brought the vistors back into the game but Sol March ended the comeback as he ran Culver out and bowled Mundy.
William Hook then bowled an excellent spell as he cleaned up the tail taking 3-3. Henfield finished the inninngs on 130 all out.
With 57 overs at their disposal, Hellingly lost three early wickets as two of the top four were dismissed without scoring as William Harrison (2-24) and Graham Fuller did the damage.
Opener Pellett stayed at the crease though and scored 24 before he was bowled by Tim Parsons.
James Pooley (32*) and March then scored an unbeaten 72 partnership as they guided Hellingly to a six-wicket victory and 30 points, with March capping a fine first innings performance with 56 not out which included six fours and two sixes.